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CIVL4811: Engineering Design and Construction (2018 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL4811: Engineering Design and Construction (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Mr Weber, Richard
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The objectives of this unit are to develop an understanding of construction methods, strategies, equipment and machinery in a range of construction activities and an understanding of the principles involved in the design for those construction activities.

At the end of this unit, students will have developed a familiarity with a variety of construction methods, strategies, equipment and machinery in a range of construction activities such that they will be able, if and when the opportunity arises to participate as site engineers (or similar role) in the planning and execution of those construction activities, albeit with supervision and guidance from experienced professionals. Students will also have developed an understanding of the design principles and techniques involved in the planning for those construction activities such that they are able, if and when the opportunity arises, to participate as design engineers, in the planning and design for those construction activities, with supervision and guidance from experienced professionals. The range of topics covered in this course is such that the learning outcomes form a basis for later development of more detailed knowledge, dependent on the future career experiences of the student. The course does not prepare a student for immediate, unsupervised participation in construction and design work associated with the topics covered.

The topics may vary dependent on current and planned projects in Sydney, NSW and Australia. At this stage the topics are hard rock tunnelling and general hard rock underground excavation; soft ground tunnelling; underground construction; micro tunnelling; cut and cover (cover and cut) tunnelling; earth retaining systems; piling; formwork and falsework (incl Tilt up, Ultrafloor, Sacrificial form); dewatering; pavement design and construction - rigid and flexible (incl and pavement construction materials); stormwater drainage design and construction; marine construction; civil construction in environmentally sensitive areas; contract administration for construction engineers; general engineering in remote localities (project based); construction methods in bridge engineering; QA documentation on a typical project; insurance in the construction industry occupational health and safety issues in the construction industry; timber engineering; post-tensioned/ pre-stressed concrete construction; civil engineering in a marine environment.

On day 1 of the course, a form based survey is taken to invite students to nominate specific areas of interest which may lead to adjustment in course content.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2810 OR CIVL1810.
Additional Notes: This unit aims to prepare students for employment in a broad range of engineering areas including design, planning and construction management.
Lecturer/s: Mr Weber, Richard
Tutor/s: As at Feb 2016 the workshops are programmed as 3 x 3 hour sessions conducted (presented) by the Course Lecturer. Case studies, design exercises, teaching tutorials are generally based on the personal experience of the Course Lecturer. Past students have preferred to receive instruction, tutoring, assistance, advice etc from 1 person (the Course Lecturer) either direct, or via Blackboard, rather than from others whose subject knowledge is incomplete.

There are 3 visiting presenters for the course. They present specific topics in their field of expertise.
Timetable: CIVL4811 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Presentation 2.00 1 13
2 Workshop 3.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 1.00 10
4 Independent Study 3.00 13

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Unit assignments are provided to develop problem solving capability Design (Level 2)
Coverage of topics is extended to suit the requirements of students destined for design consultancy employment Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Engineering construction problems require application of appropriate maths and science principles. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Some assignments require separate research in students own time Information Seeking (Level 2)
The reference article assignment requires skill in written communication. Communication (Level 2)
The topics covered in the unit are aimed directly at preparation for employment in the civil engineering design and construction sectors Professional Conduct (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 2)
1. Design stormwater drainage and detention (incl hydrological, pipe/pit layout strategies, detention).
2. Design and construct pavements: (a) flexible pavement construction (incl pavement construction materials) and (b) rigid pavements construction (incl joints).
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. Understand construction related issues and undertake limited design of the following: hard rock tunnelling, tunnel crown support,tunnel geometry, soft ground tunnelling, micro tunnelling, cut and cover, tunnelling-conveyor systems, underpinning, geotech instability, retaining structures.
4. Apply particular construction related aspects of reinforced concrete - aspects beyond what is covered in conventional areas (eg. corbels, split columns, suspended slab options, slab on ground)
5. Design piling and retaining systems (incl options analysis, drainage). Understand dewatering systems. Understand particular aspects of marine construction.
6. Understand design and construction aspects of: environmental engineering, general engineering for environmentally sensitive projects (incl EPA projects).
Information Seeking (Level 2)
7. Ability to research and report on specialised topics in engineering construction.
Communication (Level 2)
8. Ability to communicate engineering construction concepts and issues clearly and concisely.
Professional Conduct (Level 1)
9. Develop familiarity with insurance and other forms of risk management and with occupational health and safety issues in the Construction Industry.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Mid-Semester Exam (Exam 1) No 28.00 Week 8 1, 3, 4, 5,
2 Exam 2 (in semester) No 30.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,
3 Exam 3 (Final) No 32.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,
4 Online Quizzes No 6.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Course Assignment 1 No 4.00 Week 10 7, 8,
Assessment Description: 1. Mid-Sem Exam (Exam 1) : Mid Semester Exam - weighting above is approximate (a guide) and may be varied . See detailed course Unit of Study document (produced for each specific course), for further details. Under USyd Assessment Procedures 2011 Sect 14 (12)(c)(ii) ‘Reweighting is NOT appropriate”

2. Exam 2 (in semester): weighting above is approximate (a guide) and may be varied . See detailed course Unit of Study document (produced for each specific course), for further details. Under USyd Assessment Procedures 2011 Sect 14 (12)(c)(ii) ‘Reweighting is NOT appropriate”

3. Exam 3 (Final Exam) : weighting above is approximate (a guide) and may be varied . See detailed course Unit of Study document (produced for each specific course), for further details. Under USyd Assessment Procedures 2011 Sect 14 (12)(c)(ii) ‘Reweighting is NOT appropriate”

4. Online Quizzes: Up to 10 online quizzes – via Blackboard. Weighting above is approximate (a guide) and may be varied. See detailed course Unit of Study document (produced for each specific course), for further details. Under USyd Assessment Procedures 2011 Sect 14 (12)(c)(ii) ‘Reweighting is NOT appropriate”

5. Course Assignment 1: Design task using proprietary software. Under USyd Assessment Procedures 2011 Sect 14 (12)(c)(ii) ‘Reweighting is NOT appropriate”
Assessment Feedback: For all assessments . . . . Under USyd Assessment Procedures 2011 Sect 14 (12)(c)(ii) ‘Reweighting is NOT appropriate”
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: The course elearning Blackboard website provides a basis for unit management and administration, course notes, topic outlines, discussion area, email facility and useful URL links
Note on Resources: There are no textbooks for the course. For the broad range of topics on this course, the Internet is the perfect source of information.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Intro – What is Design
Case Study (OHCP) as an example of U/ground construction and good design – slide presentation with commentary
Reinforced Concrete - aspects beyond what is covered in conventional areas (eg. Corbels, split columns, suspended slab options, slab on ground)
Week 2 Design Teaching Tutorial (Collaroy – Rock Face Stabilisation)
Intro Collaroy Project – Underpinning – Geotech Instability – retaining structures on the project
-HardRock Tunnelling
-Soft Ground Tunnelling
-Conveyor systems
-Cut and Cover(Cover and Cut) Tunnelling
-Micro Tunnelling
-Tunnel geometry
-Tunnel Crown Support
Week 3 -Tunnel Crown Support
-HardRock Tunnelling
Continues Week 2 topics
-Tunnel geometry
-Conveyor systems
-Cut and Cover(Cover and Cut) Tunnelling
-Micro Tunnelling
-Soft Ground Tunnelling
Week 4 Design Teaching Tutorial – Harbord Steel Deck – Prestressed Deck
Week 5 Design Teaching Tutorial – Harbord Steel Deck – Prestressed Deck
-Retaining Systems (incl options analysis, drainage)
-Dewatering
-Marine Construction
-Piling
Week 6 Topics continue from Week 5
Design Teaching Tutorial - Underground Pit (Orana JJC)
Week 7 Review
Week 8 Stormwater Drainage and detention (incl Hydrological, Pipe/Pit layout strategies, Detention)
Design Teaching Tutorial – Collaroy & Harbord Drainage
Assessment Due: Mid-Semester Exam (Exam 1)
Week 9 Topics continue from Week 8
Week 10 - Pavements Construction (Rigid incl Joints)
- Pavement Construction - Flexible (incl pavement construction materials)
Design Teaching Tutorial - Pavements
Assessment Due: Course Assignment 1
Week 11 Design Teaching Tutorial - Pavements
- Engineering for Environmentally Sensitive Projects – Slide presentation
- Environmental Engineering – General (incl EPA projects)
Week 12 Remote Locality Construction (East Timor)
-Case study reviews
-Occupational Health and Safety Issues in the Construction Industry
-Insurance in the Construction Industry
Week 13 Review
Assessment Due: Exam 2 (in semester)
STUVAC (Week 14) Final exam
Exam Period Final Exam is conducted before Exam Period
Assessment Due: Exam 3 (Final)

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil 2015
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil / Law 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2010
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 26.42%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 59.84%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 2.86%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 2%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 8.85%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.